Paleo Squash Soup with Bacon, Leeks, and Pumpkin Seeds

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Ingredients:

4 cups of chopped squash.

***I strongly dislike chopping squash and have almost lost a finger a few times…so I purchased a pre-chopped mix of acorn, winter, and butternut squash. Any squash would work, even pumpkin! I like the mix because butternut alone is too sweet for my liking.
4 cups of filtered water
3-4 slices of pastured bacon
2 leeks chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
sea salt, black pepper to taste
fresh oregano-a few sprigs chopped
roasted pumpkin seeds

 

 

Directions:

Directions:

1. Crisp the bacon in a dutch oven, remove from pan and chop it up. Set bacon aside with chopped oregano and pumpkin seeds (these will top the soup at the end, and add nice taste and crunch)

2. Saute the leeks in the bacon fat until golden and crispy.

3.Add the celery and squash to the pan, top with water.

4. Add sea salt and pepper to your taste, as well as the teaspoon of thyme.

5. Bring to a boil and then simmer until squash is tender (approx 15-20 min).

6. Puree the soup! The easiest way is with a handheld immersion blender. However, mine broke so I used a regular blender.

 

 

Enjoy! 

Pork, Cabbage, and Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry

 

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For lunch today I made a pork tenderloin, cabbage, and broccoli slaw stir-fry!  This was extremely easy and flavorful. You could also use chicken or beef…even shrimp!

 

Ingredients/Directions:

Take a local pork tenderloin and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Sprinkle the meat with pink salt, pepper, and Trader Joe’s 21 spice mix.

Fry the pork in a large wok or frying pan over med/high with a 2 TBS of coconut oil until meat is no longer pink.

Add to the pan 2 cups of Trader Joe’s broccoli slaw and a bag of shredded cabbage. You can also shred a small head of cabbage, and add shredded carrot or any other veggies you enjoy. This filled the pan to the top. Turn the heat down to medium.

Add 3 cloves of thinly sliced garlic, and put a couple TBS of ghee or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top of everything.

*As it cooks down stirring becomes easier.

 

Let it cook over medium heat until the slaw and cabbage are cooked down and tender.

 

At the end add  1-2 TBS fish sauce, 2-3 TBS coconut aminos, and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Fold in a bunch of chopped fresh cilantro (approx 1/4 cups) and juice from 1/2 a lime.

 

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

A Week of School Lunches!

Here is a week of Joshua’s school lunches!

The lunchbox I use is called a Planetbox. I love this lunchbox! It is durable stainless steel and last for years and years. It makes it easy to pack real food vs processed snacks. It helps get children use to eating healthy nourishing lunches. People complain about the cost, however, you are using this same lunchbox through their entire school education!  Otherwise would be buying different plastic bags, plastic containers and lunchboxes each year, and probably spend much more in the long run!

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Day 1: Leftover Paleo Shepherds Pie, avocado, pomegranate, peppers, carrots, and a Trader Joe’s 3 Ingredient Honey Mint (dark choc liquor, honey, and peppermint oil).

I carmelized a sliced onion in OMGhee ghee until golden brown. I added 3 cloves of finely minced garlic and 1 package of chopped portobello mushrooms (chopped by the kids). Saute until the garlic is fragrant and mushrooms are tender. I added chopped rainbow swiss chard and 2 chopped brown tomatoes. Simmer while browning the meat in a separate pan with sea salt and pepper. Add meat to veggie mixture and place in a casserole dish. Cover with steamed and mashed butternut squash (I mashed it with OMGhee ghee, salt and pepper). Sprinkle with smoked paprika and bake in the oven for 30 minutes! Easy and delish! Thanks Kelly Ross for the awesome dinner suggestion!

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Day 2: Grass-fed Burger Sliders with spicy mustard, sweet potato, pomegranate, cucumbers, peppers, and a Trader Joe’s 3 Ingredient Honey Mint (dark chocolate liquor, honey, and peppermint oil).

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Day 3: Left over Teeny Tiny Meatballs with marinara, peppers, berries, cucumbers, and a Trader Joe’s 3 Ingredient Honey Mint (dark chocolate liquor, honey, and peppermint oil).

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Day 4: Local Pasteured Pork Sausage with sauteed mushrooms and spicy mustard for dipping, cucumbers, berries, and a Hail Merry brand chocolate macaroon (GF, DF, soy free, refined sugar free).

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Day 5: Crispy Pork Tenderloin, pounded thin and crisped in coconut oil with Trader Joe’s 21 Spice Mix, avocado with pink salt, berries, fermented ginger carrot, and a date roll with shredded coconut.

The Planetbox Shuttle!

Want an easier way to pack real food when you are out and about? The Planetbox Shuttle is awesome!

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Planetbox now has a new snack tray called the “Shuttle!” I was very excited to try out this new smaller lunchbox because I love Joshua’s lunch tray from Planetbox.As many of my readers know, I share his lunches daily during the school year.

In this post I share a month of real food school lunches in his Planetbox.

Now that we are on summer vacation we are having some fun little outings and day trips. The Planetbox Shuttle is great for packing snacks and the case is adorable. It is smaller than the lunch tray and comes with this adorable carry case.

Yesterday I went to a coffeehouse to do some work on my blog.  However, all they offer for food are bagels, chips, baked goods, and breakfast sandwiches. So I packed up the shuttle with some good for myself:

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Now we are on summer vacation and we are out and about doing fun things several day per week! I have been bringing this along with us so the kids have something to munch on in the morning. This is an example of one of the snacks…apples with almond butter for dipping, and blueberries.

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However, it can also fit a small lunch (notice the adorable magnets that fit on the inside cover). This is grass-fed fed ground beef sauteed with garlic, portobello mushrooms, fresh basil, zucchini, and broccoli over lettuce, and strawberries.

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What do I love about Planetbox?

I love that it is small, compact and portion controlled.

I love that I do not have to clean several different containers, and wonder where matching lids went. Yes, it is an upfront cost. However, this is stainless steel and lasts for YEARS. It is dishwasher safe and very durable. You aren’t spending money on various plastic baggies, lunch bags, plastic containers, etc throughout the years. This is it-and it never gets lost. I plan on using Joshua’s Planetbox for him throughout his school years…yes, the same one!

I love that I can pack real food-it keeps you real and honest. You can see the different colors and make sure you are getting a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Over the summer I will be sharing various lunches and snacks that we pack up in our Planetbox containers for our day excursions!

Come Fall when school starts again look for  Joshua’s daily lunches on my facebook page!

Happy Summer Everyone 🙂